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In Memoriam

Miguel Angel Lopez

Our sweet friend, Miguel Angel Lopez from Ms. Langer's class and a member of the Class of 2024 passed away.  His vibrant smile will be missed as that is what you saw when you saw Miguel.  Please keep Miguel's family and the A11 / A1 Classroom communities (students and staff) in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Miguel Lopez

Paula Vidaurreta

Paula Vidaurreta-Krause
July 28, 1965 - December 29, 2016
Paula Marie Vidaurreta-Krause of Danville, CA passed away on Thursday, December 29, 2016. Paula was born in Vallejo, CA to the parents of Albert and Angela Vidaurreta. In 1971 she moved to Napa, CA. She participated in sports and cheerleading while in junior and senior high school before graduating from Vintage High in 1983. After high school she graduated with a B.A. degree from Sacramento State. She became a high school teacher and continued her own education to go on to receive her Master's degree from San Francisco State and her Doctorate degree from USC. She valued education and always strived to be the best at it. She began teaching high school in 1986 and retired in 2015. She is preceded in death by her father Albert P. Vidaurreta, grandparents Nick and Marie Zunino and Paulino and Theresa Vidaurreta.  Paula is survived by her husband Donald Krause and son Nickolas Krause. She is also survived by her mother Angela Vidaurreta, her sister Tina Vidaurreta-Warnert (Patrick) and a niece and nephew.

Nick Carlson

With integrity and courage, Nick Carlson’s battle with Amyloidosis ended Monday morning, December 12.

He touched many lives in the Hayward community. A product of Hayward schools, and Mt. Eden High School Student Body President in 1969/70.  Nick taught for 35 years in HUSD. He worked at Schaffer Park, Park, Highland, Eden Gardens, Darwin as a teacher for the Emotionally Disturbed and back to his home at Eden Gardens. During this time he also was a volunteer coach in the community for Mt. Eden American Little League and Hayward Youth Soccer League. He was an avid supporter of Southgate Swim Team, known for his booming, jovial voice, he was often heard announcing swim meets on the weekends and cheering on his children and their friends. He coached the Mt. Eden High School varsity girls’ soccer team for 15 years and the Hayward High varsity girls’ soccer team for 2 years. He was voted North Coast Section Honor Coach and was a BTSA support provider. After retirement, Nick continued to give to the HUSD community as a frequent volunteer at Ruus and Eden Gardens and was recognized for his lifelong dedication to the students of Hayward as a Hayward Hero.

In addition to his many activities, Nick mentored many current HUSD teachers. Always welcoming and supportive, he had a way of encouraging the best out of students and fellow colleagues. Known for his integrity and gregarious personality, there was rarely anyone who had a negative thing to say about him. His absence will be sorely felt.

Mr. Carlson, his wife and children were all educated in HUSD schools. He is survived by his wife Cherie Carlson, a retired HUSD para-educator (22 years), his children Jeremy Miller and Jenn Miller-Carlson and Jocelyn Kelton, who has followed in her father’s footsteps and teaches at Ruus Elementary, as well as three grandsons, JT, Owen & Declan.

A celebration of life will take place in the spring.

Kionta Murphy




Kionta Murphy, MEHS class of 2015, died August 4, 2015. For information on this tragic loss, please see KTUV's coverage, here. Kionta was respected and loved by his teachers and classmates and a cherished member of MEHS's wrestling and football teams. 

Joann Kershaw

Jan. 1, 1946 - Mar. 18, 2015
Former MEHS Assistant Principal passed away on March 18, 2015 at the age of 69. She was born in Shenandoah, PA and was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She is survived by her loving husband, Robert, daughter Pamela, grandchildren Nathan and Erin, brother Joseph, sister LuAnn, sister-in-law Barbara, nieces Karla and Stephanie, as well as many cousins and extended family members. She was a strong woman, full of life, joy, and kindness, and lived each day to the fullest. JoAnn will be sadly missed by all who knew her as she brought great happiness to those in her midst. 
Memorial services will be held at Messinger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary, in Scottsdale, AZ, 8555 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., at 2:00 p.m. on Mon., April 6, 2015. A second memorial service is planned for May 1st in Shenandoah, PA, with further details to be provided at later date. For more information, follow this link.

Virginia Niles

January 29, 2015

Ms. Virginia Niles, Teacher at Mt. Eden High School, passed away January 29, 2015.  Ms. Niles first joined the district in 1972 and served Hayward USD students, families, and staff for over thrity-four years until her retirement in 2006.  She will be missed. If so desired, donations in Ms. Niles’ honor may be sent to the Black Adoption Placement and Research Center, San Leandro California.  Ms. Niles’ family thanks all for keeping her in their thoughts and prayers. 

Memorial Plaques

Mt. Eden has started a memorial garden and wall to honor Monarchs who have passed. If you would like to purchase a plaque in memory of a Monarch, please download this form and follow the instructions listed there. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Duran.